Rare Fontanini ballerina figurines

Fontanini began crafting figures and decorations of heirloom quality as a thirteen year-old in 1893.

Son Mario headed up the company’s 1960 technological revolution with the arrival of plastic and using it to inject into moulds.

Fontanini is famous for its nativity scenes and the company still exists.

These three ballerinas were likely made in the early 1970s. They are marked with the spider trademark and “despose italy” and are numbered 351, 352 and 353. They stand 9 inches tall and are beautifully made.

$90 for the trio.

Fontanini trio of ballerinas. $90

Fontanini trio of ballerinas.
$90

Bluebird chairs !

This fabulous pair of 1940s chrome and wood lounge chairs have been newly reupholstered in a roll of vintage fabric from Montreal dated Sept 15th, 1941.

Pattern name is Bluebird !

These chairs are fabulously comfortable and there is enough left-over fabric to upholster an ottoman.

Come in and try them out! Perfect for condo, cottage or castle.

SOLD (June 27, 2017)

Wonderful pair of 1940s lounge chairs. $750/pair

Wonderful pair of 1940s lounge chairs.
$750/pair

Wonderful drop-leaf country kitchen table

This is a great drop-leaf country kitchen table in excellent condition.

It has its original base paint which is a cheery red. The wood is pegged.

The top has been beautifully reconditioned. The leaves are supported by wood arms that swing out in the base.

It would look fabulous in your country kitchen or pantry.

A special piece.

Drop-leaf country kitchen table. $345

Drop-leaf country kitchen table.
$345

Drop-leaf table viewed from the side. $345

Drop-leaf table viewed from the side.
$345

Syrocco wall clock

This amazing battery-operated Syrocco sun burst wall clock is from 1968 and is made of plastic.

It seems like they sell for quite a bit of money when they are in perfect working order. We found the exact same one for sale on 1stdibs for over $700 US.

But you can purchase ours for $125!

The clock looks fabulous: no cracks and the glass front is intact.

It does not, however, actually work :-(. The hour hand slips and will not stay in place so it needs a little work.

But even in non-working order, it is a great piece of vintage wall art!

Amazing Syrocco wall clock. (not working for the moment, hence the price) $125

Amazing Syrocco wall clock. (not working for the moment, hence the price)
$125

A surprise note in the placemats

Once upon a time Grace gave these placemats to Marg as a retirement gift.

She wrote this little text and set it in the box. When ? We have no idea. Do we know these ladies ? No, but we appreciate the sentiment and thought we would share.

The note reads:

——-

Dear Marg,

When you retire you will learn
Too many possessions can cause you concern.
Whatever you do, travel near or far,
Golf or play bridge, or run a bazaar;
You’ll always be eating while on the go
And tablecloths get soiled as you very well know.
So the enclosed may help your table to dress
And save you the trouble of having to press.

Congratulations and Best Vishes.

Grace

——–

It doesn’t look like Grace ever did use the placemats so maybe she did prefer tablecloths after all.

 

Vintage placemats with the note tucked inside the box.

Vintage placemats with the note tucked inside the box.

And here is the actual note:

The hand written note from Grace to Marg.

The hand written note from Grace to Marg.

Treasure Island glasses from 1951 !

These collectible vintage Libby glasses from 1951 depict scenes from Treasure Island!

We have Long John Silver and his parrot, Blind Pew arriving at the Benbow Inn to try and steal the treasure map, Ben Gunn finding the treasure and the young men abandoned on the Island!

28 pieces in all:

8 tumblers
5 high ball
7 port/liqueur
8 wine glasses

All pieces in excellent condition. Lots of fun !

$140 (set of 28)

Collection of 28 Treasure Island glasses by Libby $140

Collection of 28 Treasure Island glasses by Libby
$140

Long John Silver high ball glasses

Long John Silver high ball glasses

Ben Gunn and the treasure tumblers.

Ben Gunn and the treasure tumblers.

Abandoned! liqueur glasses.

Abandoned! liqueur glasses.

Pew arrviing at Benbow Inn wine glasses.

Pew arrviing at Benbow Inn wine glasses.

For vintage metal toy collectors

Jane and I have two interesting metal toys in the store this week.

First of all, a model train made by Arnold in the 1940s in US occupied Germany. The lithography is beautiful on it. It is a wind-up toy. Our piece is missing its key and the one carriage is missing its front wheels; there is also a roof missing on the shed on one end. Otherwise, it is still in beautiful condition.

The other toy is a Japanese made (Yonezawa Company) BK027 Beoing B-50 bomber. It is all original by missing the front wheel. Great colour and excellent condition.

Vintage Yonezawa BK027 metal model airplane. 1940s. Excellent condition. All original. Missing front wheel. $175

Vintage Yonezawa BK027 metal model airplane. 1940s. Wing span is 15 inches.Excellent condition. All original. Missing front wheel. $175

Vintage Arnold model train station. Includes both cars (one missing two wheels), wind-up key is also missing. Still in beautiful shape. 1940s $75

Vintage Arnold model train station.
Includes both cars (one missing two wheels), wind-up key is also missing.
Still in beautiful shape. 1940s $75

Old Post Office gets a new roof!

This really isn’t about our store, but it is nearly right next door and the old Post Office is a very special building in Annapolis Royal.

This week it is getting a new roof! What has been fascinating this morning is watching the “singing scaffolders” put up their system to allow the roofers to do their job.

Dean Pierce of East Coast Scaffolding says their system is unique in North America! They are the only company to have imported this system from Europe that can go to any height and be any shape.

Great for this kind of job.

And both Dean and Vince sing and I was serenaded by “Ticket to Ride” and ‘It’s a Wonderful World”!

The Old Post Office is looking for a new owner and you can check out the listing on Tradewinds.

The scaffolding on the Old Post Office this morning.

The scaffolding on the Old Post Office this morning.

The new black roof tiles and the scaffolding to the sky !

The new black roof tiles with Dean and Vince and the scaffolding to the sky !

Need scaffolding ? Call Dean Pearce at East cost Scaffolding.

Need scaffolding ? Call Dean Pearce at East cost Scaffolding. inquiries@eastcoastscaffolding.com

 

Sweet painting – fascinating history

Jane and I love it when we have a story to tell about an acquisition!

This stunning floral is by the Scottish artist Mary Stewart Gibson who lived and painted in Paris in the Left Bank from 1923 until the mid 70s.

This original painting is signed but not dated.

What we find so fascinating is the story of the “atelier” where she bought her paints and canvasses – atelier Lefebvre-Foinet. This canvas is stamped with the workshop’s mark and the frame has a plaque on the back.

This atelier was famous for furnishing supplies to many well-known artists in Paris after the First World War including: Alberto Giacometti, Max Ernst, Matisse and Jean-Paul Riopelle.

The Lefebvre-Foinet atelier was run by five generations for over one hundred years! Many artists gifted paintings to the Lefebvre-Foinet family and they amassed a collection of over 140 works (worth between $6 and $9 million dollars) which were eventually sold at a Christie’s auction in 2009.

Mary Stewart Gibson Still Life painted in Paris.  Likely 1930s. $350

Mary Stewart Gibson
Still Life painted in Paris.
Likely 1930s. $350